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I use Google Chrome all over the place, and have Chrome Sync set up so I can see what tabs I have open on my other devices.

Problem is, one of those devices doesn't exist anymore. It was a VM which I deleted last week, so there's no way to open that instance of Chrome and turn off Chrome Sync anymore.

Am I stuck with this entry in my Other Devices menu for eternity, or is there a way to remove it without completely destroying all my sync data?

Screenshot of Other Devices menu

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Solution from @amiregelz also works on Chrome for iOS now. Same way:

  1. Open Chrome for iOS
  2. Go to the tab for other device:

  3. Long press on the device you wish to remove

  4. Click the "Remove" button
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I can confirm this. Works great for me!! –  daviesgeek Jan 17 at 17:40
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Around a week after I posted the question, the entry in the Other Devices menu disappeared on its own.

While it's not the most elegant solution, in the end it worked: Just wait a while, and the device will eventually go away.

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I had a device around 10 days old listed. I just used @amiregelz solution, so I don't know how long the item would have lasted, but certainly more than a week. –  CoatedMoose Feb 1 '13 at 7:55
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Devices "age out" after about two weeks. –  dgw Feb 9 '13 at 3:54
    
@CoatedMoose OP said 10 days after posting the question so 10 days (from screenshot) + 1 week = 17 days. –  qwertzguy Nov 24 '13 at 6:00
    
I still see some devices that I haven't used over 1 year, so the "aging out" is not happening. –  musiphil Aug 21 at 19:52

Google hasn't fixed this issue yet, but there is one way around it.

So far, this is the only way to remove a device from the “Other Devices” list on the new tab page. You'll have to use Google Chrome for Android to achieve your goal:

  1. Launch Google Chrome on an Android device.
  2. Go to "Other Devices".
  3. Long press on the device you wish to remove.
  4. Click the "Remove" button.
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That's disappointing. I don't even have any Android devices. –  Brant Bobby Aug 2 '12 at 18:42
    
You could get Android to run on your computer, but I suggest you simply use another person's Android device (smartphone or tablet) to install Google Chrome browser, connect to your Google account and do the following. –  amiregelz Aug 2 '12 at 21:53
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Interesting find... the remove on the android chrome also impacts your entire account, so you will stop seeing the device everywhere. –  haridsv Feb 9 '13 at 7:16

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